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Panasonic G9


  • announced Nov 2017, available Jan 2018


  • 20mp, same 225AF system (now down to -4EV light levels, DFD, and 4 user AF profiles), 5 axis IS (but now “6.5 EV”), image processor and 120fps 3.68 million dot EVF as the GH5 but higher EVF magnification at 0.83x vs 0.76x
  • 80mp HiRes mode (8 images pixel shifted)
  • new pre-burst shooting mode captures 0.4sec of shots prior to shutter release
  • 6K/4K photo feature allows 18mp 30fps with no buffer limit or 8mp 60fps
  • electronic shutter 20fps with C-Af or 60fps with AF on 1st shot but buffer of only 50 RAW
  • mechanical shutter 9fps with C-Af or 12fps with AF on 1st shot for up to 60 RAW or 600jpegs
  • weather resistant magnesium alloy body with vari-angle 3“ touchscreen, new top-facing LCD, new AF joystick, dual UHS-II SD card slots, USB charging
  • 4K 60p video
  • 579g (much lighter than the GH5)
  • $US1699

compared to the Olympus E-M1 Mark II

  • E-M1 II has nicer jpgs but G9 slightly better at high ISO
  • E-M1 II has nicer 4K video thanks to 24p DCI cinematic but G9 has 60p not just 30p
  • G9 has better buffer for burst mode - it can do over 600 frames at 9fps mechanical shutter
  • E-M1 II's ProCapture mode requires an Olympus Micro Four Thirds lens and allows 14 frames captured prior to shutter release, G9 captures previous 0.4 sec which gives 8 or 24 shots depending upon burst rate; G9 has a slightly faster burst rate.
  • E-M1 II has better C-AF for casual use thanks to having PDAF and unlike the G9's DFD CDAF, it works with any Micro Four Thirds lens (DFD only works on Panasonic lenses and gives a distracting effect in C-AF although may be more accurate), but the G9's CDAF single AF appears even faster than the super fast E-M1 II
  • both cameras have industry leading image stabilization but the G9 seemed slightly better - but for Dual IS you need Panasonic lenses for the G9 and Olympus lenses for the E-M1 II
  • G9 has a much better EVF (but other reviews have commented on the very annoying pincushion appearance)
  • G9 is larger, heavier but does have the top LCD display which can be useful, and a easier menu system
  • E-M1 II has some unique features such as in-camera focus range settings, preset MF distances, Night photography modes such as Live Composite, Live Timed, Live Boost
  • G9 has a unique night mode for astrophotographers which restricts displays to red to conserve night vision, and can be charged via USB


photo/panasonicg9.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/08 13:28 by gary1